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Survey about youth participation in Great Britain

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Statistics on young people

Number of young people aged 13-30 in the UK 14,175,000: 23.4% of global population (60,587,300)

Actors and Structures

Public authorities - National public authorities

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Changes to government departments in June 2007 meant that for the first time, all policy for schools, children's services, youth services, the Respect agenda and joint responsibility for youth justice, child health, sport and play, child poverty, alcohol and drugs are being brought together in one department.

Youth councils

The National Youth Agency

Funded primarily by the Local Government Association and government departments, the NYA supports those involved in young people's personal and social development and works to enable all young people to fulfil their potential within a just society. It does this by supporting those working with young people in a variety of settings; influencing and shaping youth policy; improving and extending youth work and youth services; and promoting young people's participation, influence and place in society.

National Programmes on youth

Youth work: following the Youth Matters green paper (see below), the government introduced the Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund (YOF/YCF), worth £115m (€161m) over two years (2006-08), for young people to spend on positive activities. The funds are paid as grants to local authorities, but young people must make the decisions about how they are spent. Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) programme: this was a targeted programme in England providing diversionary and developmental activities from April 2003 to March 2007. It offered young people aged 8-19 at risk of social exclusion opportunities to participate in positive activities and access out of school activities throughout the year. Following Aiming high for young people (see below), the government committed a total of £222m (€310m) to fund Positive Activities for Young People during 2008-11.

(Source: Youth Partnership – Council of Europe, European Commission)